Updates / Transportation & Infrastructure


By / 3.14.2018

Although February’s bipartisan budget deal significantly increased discretionary spending, the portion of the federal budget appropriated annually by Congress remains near record-low levels. Both defense and non-defense (domestic) discretionary spending are falling relative to the size of the economy – a trend that has serious long-term implications for our nation’s ability to make critical public […]

By / 3.8.2018

Senate Democrats yesterday unveiled an ambitious $1 trillion infrastructure proposal that would invest in everything from roads and railways to hospitals and high-speed broadband. And in sharp contrast to recent proposals by the Trump administration, this new Democratic proposal includes a plan to fully pay for itself. The proposal calls for repealing three elements of […]

By / 2.15.2018

This week, President Trump unveiled proposed specifics for the infrastructure plan he discussed in his State of the Union address last month. As part of Trump’s proposal, the federal government would dedicate just $200 billion (by cutting existing infrastructure funding without adding new sources) to infrastructure initiatives, relying instead on local and private investments to […]

WASHINGTON— The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released the following statements prior to President Trump’s State of the Union address, which is expected to focus on a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan: “The GOP’s insistence on passing tax cuts first will make it harder to tackle the infrastructure challenge,” said PPI President Will Marshall. “For example, […]

By / 12.19.2017

It’s been a surreal political year, but PPI has much to celebrate this holiday season. Throughout 2017, we expanded our productive capacity and the scope of our political and media outreach significantly. For example, PPI organized 150 meetings with prominent elected officials; visited 10 state capitals and 10 foreign capitals, published an influential book and […]

By / 8.27.2017

Warning! Wonky post ahead. At PPI, we are focused on understanding where the new jobs of the future are coming from, and how policymakers can help foster their growth. That sometimes requires identifying underlying trends that may not be obvious. The growth of multiple networks of ecommerce fulfillment centers–built by retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, […]

By / 3.31.2017

Just over a year ago, PPI unveiled a big ideas blueprint with a prescient subtitle: Unleashing Innovation and Growth: A Progressive Alternative to Populism. We knew that progressives in the United States and Europe needed better answers to the economic and cultural grievances that have fueled the rise of a retrograde populism and nationalism around […]

An article published today by Fast Company’s Co.Exist highlights two policy ideas of PPI’s on how to get more infrastructure projects up and running. Borrow Money When It’s Cheap The Progressive Policy Institute, a centrist Washington, D.C., think tank, has proposed several ways around relying on the gas tax for infrastructure funding. These include using “dynamic scoring” […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2016 Contact: Cody Tucker, 202-775-0106 or ctucker@ppionline.org A Progressive Alternative to Populism PPI Unveils New Blueprint for Shared Prosperity WASHINGTON—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released Unleashing Innovation and Growth: A Progressive Alternative to Populism, a new blueprint for renewing America’s economic dynamism. The plan offers an array of creative […]

The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) teamed up with Columbia University’s Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy to co-host a compelling symposium Nov. 6-7 in New York on revitalizing the U.S. economy. The event featured a distinguished roster of Richman Center economists and scholars, as well as PPI analysts and special guests, […]